- to settle or decide in advance: He had predetermined his answer to the offer.
- to ordain in advance; predestine: She believed that God had predetermined her sorrow.
- to direct or impel; influence strongly: His sympathy for the poor predetermined his choice of a career.
Origin of predetermine
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Examples from the Web for predetermined
If armed clashes were to break out in a region-wide scale, the “victor” would by no means be predetermined.Will Russia Invade Crimea?
February 27, 2014
But in this political season, the monthly jobs data has become just so much political football in a predetermined game.The Monthly Jobs Numbers Don’t Matter
May 4, 2012
After all, like gender, race is predetermined; not a learned behavior like racism.What a Powerful World This Will Be
November 5, 2008
But no given transformation can be proved to be necessary (predetermined).Evolution in Modern Thought
They made swift, careful inspections of predetermined points.Morale
But we were off our predetermined course, with a side-drift toward the enemy.Wandl the Invader
Raymond King Cummings
It was predetermined by the decrees of heaven that you were not to take me with you in your flight.Romulus, Makers of History
The trial was a farce, because it had been predetermined that Brousson should die.The Huguenots in France
- to determine beforehand
- to influence or incline towards an opinion beforehand; bias
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Word Origin and History for predetermined
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